Russia to support Belarus under western sanctions, - Kremlin

Source : 112 Ukraine

Earlier Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko travelled to Russia to hold talks with Putin
19:44, 17 July 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with US President Joe Biden in Geneva, June 16, 2021

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's government to help Belarus stand under western sanctions imposed during Minsk's crackdown on political opponents, the Kremlin said according to Reuters.

Earlier Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko travelled to Russia to hold talks with Putin. The European Union and United States have imposed punitive measures on Belarus in recent months.

"Support for Belarus against the backdrop of such stifling sanctions is on the agenda, and the government has been given instructions and it is working in this regard," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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Belarusian law enforcers conducted mass searches in offices of human rights organizations and activists. Specifically, the police searched the officer of lawyer Volodymyr Labkovich and deputy head of Vesna human rights centre Valentin Stefanovich. 

DW cited Stefanovich's wife Alina who said that the search was conducted by workers of the Department of Financial Investigations of the Committee of Government Control. The search order contained provisions about organization of actions that breach civilian order, and tax evasion. Stefanovich had his computers and Belarusian opposition flags seized. The law enforcers took him in for 72 hours.

In Minsk, the police searched the apartment of Serhiy Sys, the Vesna activist. Then, they detained him as well. His fellow activists Yuriy Hubarevich and Katerina Sinyuk claimed that offices of local human rights organizations were searched, too.

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